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MPM1001 - Foundations of psychiatry

8 points, SCA Band 3, 0.167 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Leader: Dr R Shields


Clayton First semester 2007 (Day)


The aim of this subject is to provide students with an introduction to the perspectives, underpinnings and practice of psychiatry.


On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate knowledge of the biomedical, psychological and social sciences which inform psychiatric practice;
  2. understand the principals of adult learning and continuing professional development;
  3. demonstrate the ability to access and critically review the psychiatric literature;
  4. discuss the ethics of psychiatric practice and relate this to clinical cases;
  5. conduct and write up a comprehensive psychiatric assessment and formulation;
  6. demonstrate knowledge of psychiatric research methodologies;
  7. demonstrate knowledge of the impact of mental illness on families and carers and basic family interventions;
  8. demonstrate knowledge of systems of service delivery and the role of psychiatry in relation to other clinical disciplines.


One minor essay based on clinical material (approx. 2,000 words)